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Major Improvement work at London Kings Cross on Sunday 24 December 

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Engineering work details

Starts 24 Dec 2023 to 24 Dec 2023

Route(s) affected

All routes to / from London Kings Cross


Engineering work is taking place between London Kings Cross and Peterborough, closing some lines. ​​​​​​​

Grand Central:

No service will run.

Great Northern and Thameslink:

Until approximately 10:00, buses will replace trains between Finsbury Park and Potters Bar / Hertford North.

No trains or replacement buses will run between London King's Cross / Moorgate and Finsbury Park. Please use alternative London Underground services and London Bus routes including route 21 for stations to and from Moorgate.

All day, until the end of service (which will be earlier at around 21:00), buses will replace trains on the following routes between:

  • Hitchin and Royston (Calling at all stations)

  • Hitchin and Royston (Limited stops)

  • Hitchin and St Neots (Calling at all stations)

  • Luton Airport Parkway and Stevenage, calling at Hitchin (For alternative Thameslink trains to and from London from Luton Airport Parkway)

  • St Albans City and Hitchin, calling at Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn North, Knebworth and Stevenage (For alternative Thameslink trains to and from London from Luton Airport Parkway)

  • Potters Bar and Stevenage

  • Hertford North and Stevenage

Customers travelling between Royston / Meldreth / Shepreth / Foxton and London can travel via Cambridge and use Greater Anglia services at no additional cost.

Hull Trains:

Hull trains services will be diverted to start / terminate at London St Pancras International. Trains will not call at Beverley, Cottingham, Doncaster, Retford, Grantham or Stevenage.


Trains will start / terminate at Peterborough or St Neots.

A replacement bus service will be in place between St Neots and Bedford, for onward travel to London on Thameslink services.

Additionally, the 19:25 St Neots to Bedford bus will continue to Milton Keynes Central, connecting with the Avanti West Coast 20:50 Milton Keynes Central to London Kings Cross service. This bus will stop at Bedford for customers to disembark only.


Trains between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh will operate between Newcastle and Edinburgh only.

Check before you travel: 

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Replacement Bus Travel Advice: 

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages

Please be advised that, on occasion, replacement vehicles may be busier than usual, and you should allow extra time for your journey.